Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Hasahalo competes in the $200,000 Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha on Saturday.
She is more than ready, even if her form doesn’t indicate it.
Says Racing Manager Matt Allnutt, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a horse as unlucky as Hasahalo was at Tauranga on Saturday week in the rating 82 Fillies and Mares over 1300 metres.”
After jumping well and trailing the leader throughout, Hasahalo was looking for a gap to appear all the way up the straight but unfortunately she is still waiting. She was an absolute certainty beaten and jockey Leith Innes was of the opinion that she would have won with a bit in hand if the breaks had gone her way.
In her previous race she ran fresh up in the Group 3 Waikato Stud Darley Plate over 1200 metres worth $100,000 on Derby Day and, while she finished well down the list dictated by her wide barrier draw, it was her sectionals that really told the story.
“She had the fastest last 600 metres of any horse on the day – 32.77. She was absolutely flying at the end. Fast finishing is her signature move and told us she is feeling good.”
So while her form doesn’t tell the full story, the stable feels she has come back well for this campaign and she will be very competitive in the Breeders Stakes on Saturday.
“Her work this week has been top notch and a good track will be a big assist,” says trainer Stephen McKee. “Her devastating sprint is always best on top of the ground, so we would like to see a Good 3 track posted on Saturday morning.”
Hasahalo has drawn a comfortable barrier six and regular jockey Sam Spratt will ride.